Degree Granting Department
Hunt Hawkins, Ph.D.
Sheila M. Diecidue, Ph.D.
Phillip Sipiora, Ph.D.
ecocriticism, utopianism, patriarchy, gardens, solidarity, postcolonial
This thesis examines the presence of unhu, a process of becoming and remaining human through community ties, in Tsitsi Dangarembga‟s Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not. Dangarembga interrogates corrupt versions of community by creating positive examples of unhu that alternatively foster community building. Utilizing ecocritical, utopian, and postcolonial methodologies, this thesis postulates that these novels stress the importance of retaining a traditional concept like unhu while also acknowledging the need to adjust it over time to ensure its vitality. Both novels depict the creativity and resilience of unhu amid toxic surroundings.
Scholar Commons Citation
Rine, Dana, "Small Flowerings of Unhu: the Survival of Community in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Novels" (2011). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.